Sacked For Misconduct? I Was Forced To Apologise To Atta Mills – Martin Amidu

Martin Amidu says he was forced to write an apology letter to late President Atta Mills for his alleged misconduct in 2012.

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Former Attorney General Martin Amidu has revealed that he was coerced into writing an apology letter to former President John Mills over his outburst when he intended to pursue some government officials he believed were involved in corrupt practices.

He made this revelation in response to a publication by the Al Hajj newspaper on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that Mr Amidu is yet to come to terms with what could have prompted the late President to fire him after he had subsequently and unreservedly apologized for his earlier unruly behaviour.

According to the paper, Mr. Amidu was handed a dismissal letter only a day after he finally caved in and delivered an apology letter to the late President Mills after persistenly refusing over a five year period to show remorse for misconducting himself.

Reacting to the paper on CITI FM, Mr Amidu however pointed out that the former Chairman of the Council of State, late Kofi Awoonor asked him to write an apology to the President.

The release of the letter follows a back-and-forth public fight between Mr Amidu and former National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo-Lartey over what actually led to the former Justice Minister’s dismissal.

Mr. Amidu had said he was dismissed over his decision to use some government officials as prosecution witnesses in the case regarding the Ghc51 million controversial judgment debt paid to businessman Alfred Woyome in 2010.

“That letter was written because two senior elders I have worked with from PNDC to NDC all through asked me to give them that letter to be fair to the President.

“They (Kofi Awoonor and Captain Tsikata) have discussed and come to the conclusion that I apologised.

“It is Ghanaian culture that when a young man has a misunderstanding with somebody older than him, even if he is right, elders will not tell him in the presence of other people that he is right. The younger one is asked to apologise. It is only in the absence of the older one that they tell the elder one,” he explained.

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